Okay so I might've caved and got one last night, but there's nothing like celebrating the beginnings of a new season with a warm cup of coffee in hand. Especially if you're like me and love sitting in a coffee shop working away and sneaking peaks at the dogs passing by...
I threw some water on to boil, and got to cleaning up the place, when everything became quiet and the rain stopped out of nowhere! All of a sudden, the sun was poking it's head out between some terrifying clouds, and that soft fall breeze we all love was knocking on the windows. I felt like it was a scene out of movie, but I slide the windows open to let in the fresh air and took in a deep breath. It's amazing how much the weather can affect your mood. Fall has a certain calm about it that puts my mind at ease, and makes me excited for the months to come.
We eventually made our way down to the market when we were beyond full. Walking into Worthington to get to the booths, mom kept pointing out businesses that hadn't changed since she grew up there. She told us about family friends who lived nearby and the lights at Christmas in town. It's funny how everything kind of comes full circle. I think it's ironic that Dan and I live where mom grew up, and where I lived as a baby.
As we began walking through the waves of market people, mom spotted someone cradling a giant mum in their arm, and proceeded to hunt down the man selling them all the way at the end of the market. Mom has an insane green thumb, and an enormous collection of plants at home; at least 30 pots of succulents, flowers, and vegetables. Pretty much a front yard jungle. I've never seen someone so content with budding plants in my life.
This sweet farmer who is at the market every Saturday had boxes of "2nd apples" which he explained were just ones that had fallen from the tree with a few bruises, before picking time came around. An entire box was only $5.00 so you can bet I jumped for one. I'm not one to miss out on a ton of perfectly delicious apples because of a few blemishes. No way. So now that fall is basically here, I have no excuse but to bake everything with apples and cinnamon right?
I think one of my favorite parts about baking during these next few months is that the entire apartment starts to smell so delicious. I feel like I've lit a Yankee Candle and it's taken over the place. But you won't hear me complaining.
Do any of you have favorite moments about fall that you love? Or other ways to use up a giant box of apples? I need your help!
Have a great week friends!
Cinnamon Apple Bread
Serves 6-8 people
1/2 cup brown sugar (for filling and topping)
2/3 cup brown sugar (for bread)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 stick unsalted butter (softened)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk
2 apples (peeled and chopped into chunks)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Grease bread pan and set aside
1. In a small bowl, sift together the 1/2 cup brown sugar and cinnamon, and set aside.
2. Using your handheld mixer, or stand mixer, cream together butter and the 2/3 cup brown sugar on medium to high speed. Add the eggs, and vanilla, then sift in the flour, slowing to a low to medium speed. Add the milk in, 1/2 cup at a time, until the mixture turns creamy.
3. Pour half of the mixture into the bread pan, smooth it out, then sprinkle half of the chopped apples on top. Press them in and make sure there are none loose, then sprinkle on half of the brown sugar and cinnamon combination. Layer on the last half of batter, then the apples, then the last of the sugar. Bake for 60 minutes, or until a knife can be removed from the bread clean.